Iran resumes nuclear talks amid tensions over enrichment, attacks on Natanz

Vienna — Iran and the world’s major powers agree on April 15 in Tehran’s decision to enhance uranium enrichment and an effort that could be complicated by what is called Israeli sabotage at nuclear sites. Resumed talks to bail out.

Tehran cast a shadow over the Vienna talks on April 13 and enriched uranium with a purity of 60%, one step closer to the weapon-grade material 90%, in response to the explosion at a major Natanz facility on April 11. Announced the decision to do. ..

Calling the move “provocative,” parties to the US-European deal warned that the move to enrich Tehran was contrary to efforts to revive the deal abandoned by Washington three years ago.

The 2015 agreement aimed to make it more difficult for Iran to develop an atomic bomb in return for lifting sanctions.

Europe’s mediation when Tehran refused to meet directly with the United States last week when Iran and other signatories (UK, China, France, Germany, Russia) held what they described as the “first round.” The trader made a round trip between different hotels in Vienna. “Constructive” negotiations.

Senior diplomats, excluding the United States, initially met on April 15, expecting diplomats to have a tougher round of negotiations to bail out the agreement.

Two expert-level groups now resuming their discussions as the United States is about to marry a list of sanctions that Iran can lift with its nuclear obligations.

“Currently, I think the Nuclear Working Group is more advanced. [the] China’s UN ambassador, Wang Kung, told reporters after a joint committee meeting of senior officials.

“Therefore, we now need to move the negotiation process as quickly as possible by eliminating all destructive factors and focusing specifically on lifting sanctions.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said negotiators defended their decision and expressed disappointment with the “weak reaction” from European forces to the attack on Natanz.


Emphasizing Western concerns, senior diplomats hoped for progress, but said Iran’s recent violations could not be ignored and made efforts to achieve a breakthrough before the June 18 Iran presidential election. Stated.

“The seriousness of Iran’s latest decision has hurt this process and heightened tensions,” said a senior Western diplomat.

“In the next few days, we need to figure out how to deal with these breaches with the willingness to negotiate.”

Tehran has repeatedly stated that all sanctions must be revoked first, warning that negotiations could be suspended if the measures are not lifted. Washington wants to overturn the breach of the deal Iran made in retaliation for the severe sanctions imposed by then-US President Donald Trump.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter that “three years after Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal, Iran’s” seriousness of purpose “in pursuing diplomacy was tested.” “Iran passed in flying colors by continuing to trade, but the Biden administration only shows its commitment to Trump’s maximum pressure.”

Enrique Mora, EU Chief Coordinator of the talks, wrote in a tweet that it was nice to see participants resume the talks “despite the most challenging events and announcements of the last few days.”

Israel, which Tehran refuses to admit, opposes an agreement between Iran and US President Joe Biden after Trump stopped it in 2018 and reinstated sanctions. Israel has not officially commented on the April 11 Natanz case.

The United Arab Emirates end the 2015 agreement, upholding the decision to impose sanctions on Teheran, urging Washington to promote a better agreement, and Gulf diplomatic sources say the Riyadh-based Gulf Cooperation Council The need for Gulf involvement in ongoing negotiations.

François Murphy & Parisa Hafezi